Category: Attractions

Steampunk: Form and Function

The Charles River Museum of Industry in Waltham, MA is celebrating its recovery from this spring’s flooding with a new exhibit, “Steampunk: Form and Function.”

Inspired by the works of authors like Jules Verne and H.G Wells, and grown out of the world of science fiction, steampunk has become a cultural phenomenon like that of the punk rock movement of the 1980’s or the goth movement of the 1990’s. Supporters of the movement describe steampunk as an alternate history where modern technology and Victorian life meet…

The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is the first museum in the country to feature an exhibit solely dedicated to the steampunk movement. Steampunk, Form & Function offers an informational and interactive look into the world of steampunk and all that it encompasses including, fashion, literature, entertainment and much more. On display visitors will find modern Victorian clocks, a spinning wheel that generates power, GPS and iPods devices with gears and gages, and a computerized carriage. They can play a game of interactive pinball and use Victorian computer stations to discover the origins of this technological Victorian world.

Encompassed in the exhibit are over thirty works of art from some of the world finest steampunk artists and amateurs. The artwork was submitted earlier this fall to the Museum’s Steampuffin Steampunk Form & Design Completion sponsored by Steampuffin and ModVic Home Design each submission uses authentic Victorian Era antiques and incorporates modern technology into them to create a new functional steampunk work of art.

The exhibit’s opening reception and awards ceremony will be held October 22nd from 5:00pm to 11:00pm. The exhibit itself will run through May 10th of next year. Learn more about the exhibit and the museum at http://www.crmi.org.

P.S. Keep an eye out for an airship named “Camille.” It was made by yours truly.

Another New Date for Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery

UPDATE: This event has moved to February 12th.

Remember the Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery party, associated with the new “20,000 Leagues” interactive game at Patriot Place, which was originally scheduled for September and then got moved to November? Well, now it’s moved again, this time to February 5 12, 2011. However, this is not to say that the “20,000 Leagues” game has been delayed — it is still opening in November. It’s just the art gallery party that’s had to change dates. See http://www.steampuffin.com/Home/Nemos-Steampunk-Gallery.aspx for details and keep your fingers crossed that the date will stick this time.

New Date for Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery

The previously announced Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery opening night party for the 20,000 Leagues attraction at Patriot Place has been moved to a new date, November 6 February 5 February 12, 2011. See the latest description at http://www.steampuffin.com/Home/Nemos-Steampunk-Gallery.aspx.

Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery — Opening Night

UPDATE: The date for the party has moved to February 12, 2011.

5-W!TS is a company that specializes in creating interactive puzzle adventures that you really walk through, such as the TOMB attraction near Fenway in Boston, MA. The company is opening two new interactive attraction at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA, called “Espionage” (a spy game, of course) and “20,000 Leagues,” based on the writings of Jules Verne. All steampunks are invited to the opening night party for “20,000 Leagues”:

Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery OPENING NIGHT
WHERE: 20,000 LEAGUES presented by 5 Wits-Patriot Place
(located in Patriot Place’s North Plaza, Foxboro MA, adjacent to Gillette Stadium)
WHEN: September 18 November 6, 2010 February 5 February 12, 2011, from 5:00PM to 12:00 Midnight
COST: FREE if you are wearing any Steampunk costume
(Prize for best ‘Nautilus or Nemo themed’ costume)

Steampuffin (www.steampuffin.com) and 5 Wits-Patriot Place (www.5-wits.com) have come to together to show you what kind of technology and art could have been on the Nautilus if Nemo was piloting his famous submarine today. Think of Steampunk as an alternate reality where the Victorian period happened at the same time as the computer or information age – what would have been produced in modern innovations, inventions and gadgetry. In fact, many believe that Jules Verne was really one of first Steampunk thinkers and writers to popularize the genre.

The 1000-square-foot Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery will feature primarily museum quality 3D artwork and inventions from Steampunk artists across the country. The artwork will be for sale and can also be customized for client’s homes and businesses.

As a part of the exhibit and OPENING NIGHT Gala – attendees will also be able to participate FREE in 20,000 LEAGUES, a fully immersive interactive walk-through adventure that combines elements of video games, museum exhibits and theme park rides. In 20,000 LEAGUES guests become undersea explorers as they discover and then ultimately race to escape the Nautilus!

There will also be FREE live entertainment and light refreshments.

The major informational links are in the announcement above; if you need information about Patriot Place visit http://www.patriot-place.com/.

[Tip from Bruce of ModVic and Steampuffin]

Museum of Toys and Pop Culture/The Nightmare Before Christmas

I didn’t know that we had a Museum of Toys and Pop Culture, but apparently we do! It’s in Arlington, MA, and it works with collectors to put their collections on display and share them with others. The next exhibit coming up is a display of collectibles from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” which will run from November 20th to February 20th, 2010. Furthermore there will be a wine and cheese opening reception for the exhibit on Friday the 20th from 8:00pm to 10:00pm at the Comicazi comic book store, also in Arlington. For more information visit http://www.motap.org/news.html and http://www.comicazi.com/.

Need a Haunting Experience?

Johnny’s List of Weird Boston Events offers a list of haunted houses in MA, RI, and NH at http://weirdbostonevents.org/boston_events/2009/10/haunted-houses-spooky-attracti-1.html. Be sure to check out Johnny’s regular “The Week in Weird” updates at http://weirdbostonevents.org/boston_events/.

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